Murderer's son cleared of threatening cousin
THE son of a convicted murder has been cleared of threatening his cousin.
Grant Workman’s conviction for being abusive and threatening violence was dismissed following an appeal at Bolton Crown Court.
Last year, magistrates convicted Mr Workman, aged 26, of threatening his cousin, David Workman on May 16, 2012.
He was ordered to comply with a restraining order, preventing him from contacting his cousin until June next year, he was fined £1,500, ordered to pay £500 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
The incident was alleged to have taken place after the pair met each other unexpectedly at Morrisons in Harwood. David Workman told the court his cousin threatened to break his legs and said he would go to his parents’ home when they least expected.
It was claimed that Workman, of Plantation Road, Edgworth, then following David Workman in his car back to his flat, where more threats were then made.
Judge Timothy Clayson, who quashed the conviction with magistrate Christine McGawley, said: “This is a complete rehearing. Before you can uphold the conviction, you would have to be sure as to the facts and the proven facts amounting to the offence being committed. We, in reaching this conclusion, specifically don’t seek to say we believe or disbelieve any witnesses. It would be wrong to use this finding as a stick with which to beat the other side.”
Grant Workman showed no emotion when the decision was announced.
David Workman and his father left the court room yesterday on hearing that the conviction had been thrown out.
The case follows a dispute between John Workman, David Workman’s father, and Ian Workman, Grant Workman’s father, over money. A civil case has been held.
Grant Workman’s father, Ian, is serving a 17-and-a-half year jail term after being found guilty in December 2011, of stabbing his ex-wife, Susan Workman, to death at her home in Edgworth.
Speaking after the court case, Grant Workman said: “I am absolutely relieved and just glad that for once the justice system has prevailed.”